Foundry Family Festival

A week of Arts and STEM programming for the community!

Date: Saturday, February 18 - Saturday, February 25, 2023
Time: Various
Location: The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., Cambridge

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The Foundry building will be bustling with free or pay-what-you-can public programming, to allow makers and artists of all ages to spend the school break opening their minds, connecting with new artists and makers in the area, and all in all, creating!

To honor the undeniable power of community voice that made The Foundry what it is today, the theme of the festival is storytelling – embracing the power of dialogue and sharing our stories to build bridges and community.

All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in as many activities as you are excited about.

Each day of programming will feature a show from Liars & Believers: A Story Beyond.
Grab your tickets for the show
here!





Card to Culture Discounts for show tickets
We are proud to participate in the Card to Culture program, a collaboration between Mass Cultural Council and the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by breaking down the financial barriers to cultural programming.

Card to Culture lets EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare card holders purchase tickets to Foundry-held performances for $5 each. See the complete list of participating organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.

Eligible participants can purchase the "Card to Culture Discount" ticket option for these shows. Please be mindful there are limited number of tickets per show. Please bring with you the relevant card (Card to Culture, EBT, WIC) that signifies you're part of the program so we can verify your ticket!

Before you forget, add our celebration to your calendar!

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Agenda

The agenda is currently being finalized. Click the + icons to view.
We will be adding even more activities and descriptions soon!

Saturday, February 18

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Invention Activities

Lemelson-MIT Program

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Shop 7 | STEAM Workshop

Mindful Yoga

Spira Yoga Shala

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

This class makes you move slower and increases focus and self awareness, tuning in on a deeper level. I’m happy to help you adapt your practice for YOUR body. Flexibility NOT REQUIRED and I LOVE beginners. Bring a mat, two blocks, a strap, a blanket, and water bottle

Yoga Foundations

Spira Yoga Shala

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

This is a beginner class! If you’re hesitant to try yoga due to inflexibility, being out of shape, structural limitations, not knowing the poses or vocabulary, or just afraid of doing it wrong, this class is perfect for you!

We will take it one pose at a time and workshop it, making sure you feel comfortable and know how to support your body with props for maximum benefit.

Cooking demo

Chef MeMe

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Shop 2 | Food Lab

Vendor Fair

Original Markets

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Community Hall
Shop 4 | Yellow
Shop 6 | Red

Hip Hop Dance Workshop

Ony (Boston Forge)

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

A weekly dance class for the Boston community.

Storytime in Chinese

Chinese American Association of Cambridge

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Point | Conference Room & Gallery (2nd floor)

Chinese children’s books for free borrowing and Chinese story time.

A Story Beyond

Liars & Believers

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

STEAM Set | Performance Space

TELL A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD.
A young heroine struggles to save her village from the looming Dark Cloud. The stories we tell create the reality we live, in an original fable told with music, masks, and puppetry.

A Story Beyond features a new score by Nathan Leigh and dynamic puppetry by Faye Dupras. Inspired by folklore from around the world, A Story Beyond is a new fable for our time.
Get Tickets!

Sunday, February 19

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Bring a wooden animal to life!

Emily Seaman, Mosstower Studios

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Shop 6 | Red Multi

We'll have cutouts of all sorts of wonderful creatures that need your imagination and creativity to bring them to life. While decorating your new friend, you can dream up stories about their life and adventures!

Dance & Cake: A Community Movement Party

Alexandria Nunweiler with The Click

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

You're invited! Come explore creative movement at our "birthday party" where we will play games, eat cake, and share in the fun of creating. You can expect a sneak preview of The Click's newest work "Edge of Aquarius," to join in the creative process of the work through movement generative activities and spark your own conversations about the processes of celebration. No dance or movement experience is necessary and this workshop is open to all ages and abilities.

A Story Beyond

Liars & Believers

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

STEAM Set | Performance Space

TELL A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD.
A young heroine struggles to save her village from the looming Dark Cloud. The stories we tell create the reality we live, in an original fable told with music, masks, and puppetry.

A Story Beyond features a new score by Nathan Leigh and dynamic puppetry by Faye Dupras. Inspired by folklore from around the world, A Story Beyond is a new fable for our time.
Get Tickets!

Dance Cuban Ruedas and Suelta Shines

Boston Rueda

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

First hour is RUEDA: Boston Rueda classes teach and share the joy of the Cuban dance of Rueda de Casino (Rueda). Rueda is a dynamic dance involving the changing of partners while dancing to Cuban and other salsa music. We have created and grown a diverse and inclusive community that welcomes everyone to join us in dance. Second hour is SUELTA SHINES: The Suelta Shines class is a fun way to work on your footwork, body isolations and musicality. You will learn and drill a short choreo using a mix of son, casino, rumba, and reggaeton moves. It's a dance workout for all levels.

Monday, February 20

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African Dance Workout

Jean Appolon Expressions

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

In this hour-long class, you will get a great cardio warm-up through African dance movements and be guided through a series of stretches and strength-building exercises. Class will finish with a combination for all to learn and dance together.Dancers of all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome! Register here.

Dancing…with sticks!

WhistlePig Morris Dance

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shop 6 | Red Multi

Join the WhistlePig Morris Dancers for an interactive movement workshop featuring sticks, bells, and your curiosity! You'll see a demonstration of what morris dancing is, see the performers throw sticks at each other, and maybe even take part in the fun yourself. Wear comfy clothes and dancing shoes (sneakers are great!) to learn about one of the oldest forms of dance still in practice. All ages welcome.

Zumba with Darren

Darren Hairston

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

Join Darren for Zumba, a fitness activity in which dance exercises are performed to Latin American and other kinds of lively music. Open to everyone ages 14 and up of all dance levels. Darren has been teaching Zumba and Dance Fitness since 2015.

Tuesday, February 21

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Open Dance Rehearsal

Jean Appolon Expressions

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

A Story Beyond

Liars & Believers

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

STEAM Set | Performance Space

TELL A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD.
A young heroine struggles to save her village from the looming Dark Cloud. The stories we tell create the reality we live, in an original fable told with music, masks, and puppetry.

A Story Beyond features a new score by Nathan Leigh and dynamic puppetry by Faye Dupras. Inspired by folklore from around the world, A Story Beyond is a new fable for our time.
Get Tickets!

Wednesday, February 22

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Open Dance Rehearsal

Jean Appolon Expressions

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

A Story Beyond

Liars & Believers

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

STEAM Set | Performance Space

TELL A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD.
A young heroine struggles to save her village from the looming Dark Cloud. The stories we tell create the reality we live, in an original fable told with music, masks, and puppetry.

A Story Beyond features a new score by Nathan Leigh and dynamic puppetry by Faye Dupras. Inspired by folklore from around the world, A Story Beyond is a new fable for our time.
Get Tickets!

Intro To Gongfu Brewing With A Gaiwan

Broken Cup Teahouse

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shop 2 | Food Lab

Gongfucha (工夫茶) means "tea with time and effort," and is a Chinese style of brewing and serving tea that developed in southern China during the Song dynasty, around one thousand years ago, and has since migrated and evolved. This class will give a brief overview of the history of gongfucha, common materials used for the teaware, and the values it promotes in making and serving tea. Mainly, the class will be a hands-on, practical experience for learning how to use a gaiwan, gongdaobei, and small tasting cups, to taste through all the layers of a tea from start to finish. Participants will each have their own gongfu brewing set to play with, but will share water kettles in groups of 2-3 and taste each other's teas - so bring a friend or two to brew some tea together! Registration here.

Exhale Dance Class

The Click

5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

“Exhale with The Click” is a mindful movement series taught by Lonnie Stanton, Kristin Wagner and Angelina Benitez designed for all bodies and movers. Pulling from our collective experiences as somatic practitioners and contemporary dancers, the class will offer rest for the mind, release for the body, and an opportunity to connect the two through a combination of guided improvisations, center technique combinations, and community-built micro-choreographies. Register here.

Haitian Folkloric Dance

Jean Appolon Expressions

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

Thursday, February 23

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"Toy Story": Invent Your Own Toy!

Lemelson-MIT

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Shop 7 | STEAM Workshop

Everyone loves toys! At Lemelson-MIT’s hands-on workshop, children will have the opportunity to design and invent a simple toy and write a short story about their toy and its user.

Dance Class

Midday Movement

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

Rube Goldberg Machine: Energy Transfers

Excellence for All STEAM School Network, Dessalines STEAM Academy Cohort D

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Point | Conference Room & Gallery (2nd floor)

Students of the Dessalines STEAM Academy will present what they have been learning in Physics. They will demonstrate simple machines and their uses and show a Rube Goldberg Machine they designed. They will walk participants through the process of building their own Rube Goldberg Machine.

Session 1: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Session 2: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Jukebox Chat & Make

Elisa Hamilton

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Community Hall

Located at The Foundry, Jukebox is a public art piece that plays community stories. Learn more about the project, chat with Jukebox creator Elisa Hamilton, and schedule a recording session to record your own story for the jukebox! Just want to make something? Grab a story card mini-deck and create a simple accordion book inspired by story card prompts.

Bodywork Exchange

Katerina Tzouganaki of Anasa Body Movement

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

Let’s come together to exchange supportive, nourishing touch, weaving a community of care.

2:00 pm: Centering, arriving in our bodies individually.
2:20 pm: Opening Circle, Exploration of communication tools around consent & touch
2:40pm: Partner practices

Come by yourself or bring a buddy. Container closes at2:15pm. (please arrive earlier)

Cooking Class

Chef MeMe

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Shop 2 | Food Lab

Contemporary/Open Movement by Caitlin Peeler

Reboot

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

This dance class aims to have every individual feel comfortable with their own choices within the moves given (and also aims to have fun with being silly in a judgement free space!) An open movement phrase will be taught after a full body warm up and improvisation exercise. All levels of dance experience are welcome. Learn more here.

A Story Beyond

Liars & Believers

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

STEAM Set | Performance Space

TELL A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD.
A young heroine struggles to save her village from the looming Dark Cloud. The stories we tell create the reality we live, in an original fable told with music, masks, and puppetry.

A Story Beyond features a new score by Nathan Leigh and dynamic puppetry by Faye Dupras. Inspired by folklore from around the world, A Story Beyond is a new fable for our time.
Get Tickets!

Friday, February 24

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Cooking Class

Chef MeMe

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Shop 2 | Food Lab

Floorwork Flow

Jennifer Kuhnberg / OnStage Dance Company

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

"Floorwork Flow" is a low impact exploration of modern/contemporary-based floor movement with an emphasis on smooth transitions, weight transfer and upper body strength. Dancers will enjoy an ooey-gooey warm up and introduction to various floor work skills, followed by a choreographed combo. Modifications will be provided to make the class accessible to dancers of all experience levels. Check out OnStage.

Dance Class

Liliana Jimenez

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

A Story Beyond

Liars & Believers

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

STEAM Set | Performance Space

TELL A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD.
A young heroine struggles to save her village from the looming Dark Cloud. The stories we tell create the reality we live, in an original fable told with music, masks, and puppetry.

A Story Beyond features a new score by Nathan Leigh and dynamic puppetry by Faye Dupras. Inspired by folklore from around the world, A Story Beyond is a new fable for our time.
Get Tickets!

Saturday, February 25

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Invention Activity

Lemelson-MIT Program

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Shop 7 | STEAM Workshop

Cooking Class

Chef MeMe

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Shop 2 | Food Lab

Hip Hop Dance Workshop

Ony (Boston Forge)

11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Shop 11 | Dance Studio

A weekly dance class for the Boston community. Register here.

Bilingual Storytime

Japan Society of Boston

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Point | Conference Room & Gallery (2nd floor)

Join us for a unique chance to hear stories told in English and Japanese. The Japan Society of Boston will be reading picture books for ages 3-6 written or translated in Japanese and English.

Chinese Papercuts

Zhonghe (Elena) Li

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Shop 6 | Red Multi

Come and join Zhonghe (Elena) Li to create your own Chinese papercuts. You can choose to cut a rabbit, a squirrel, a chipmunk, a cardinal, a fish or a frog and many more...  or fish, and many more!  You can also learn how to fold paper and cut your own free designs!  Elena will show you the basic techniques and how to use papercuts to tell your own stories. This event is open to all ages.

Clothing Swap

Sustainable Swaps

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Community Hall

A Story Beyond

Liars & Believers

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

STEAM Set | Performance Space

TELL A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD.
A young heroine struggles to save her village from the looming Dark Cloud. The stories we tell create the reality we live, in an original fable told with music, masks, and puppetry.

A Story Beyond features a new score by Nathan Leigh and dynamic puppetry by Faye Dupras. Inspired by folklore from around the world, A Story Beyond is a new fable for our time.
Get Tickets!

Storytime in Bengali and Hindi

Off-Kendrik

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Point | Conference Room & Gallery (2nd floor)

Intro To Gongfu Brewing With A Gaiwan

Broken Cup Teahouse

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Shop 2 | Food Lab

Gongfucha (工夫茶) means "tea with time and effort," and is a Chinese style of brewing and serving tea that developed in southern China during the Song dynasty, around one thousand years ago, and has since migrated and evolved. This class will give a brief overview of the history of gongfucha, common materials used for the teaware, and the values it promotes in making and serving tea. Mainly, the class will be a hands-on, practical experience for learning how to use a gaiwan, gongdaobei, and small tasting cups, to taste through all the layers of a tea from start to finish. Participants will each have their own gongfu brewing set to play with, but will share water kettles in groups of 2-3 and taste each other's teas - so bring a friend or two to brew some tea together! Registration here.

Storytime in Chinese

Chinese American Association of Cambridge

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Point | Conference Room & Gallery (2nd floor)

Chinese children’s books for free borrowing and Chinese story time.

Theater Between Addresses Auditions

Theater Between Addresses

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Shop 4| Yellow multi

A Story Beyond

Liars & Believers

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

STEAM Set | Performance Space

TELL A STORY, CHANGE THE WORLD.
A young heroine struggles to save her village from the looming Dark Cloud. The stories we tell create the reality we live, in an original fable told with music, masks, and puppetry.

A Story Beyond features a new score by Nathan Leigh and dynamic puppetry by Faye Dupras. Inspired by folklore from around the world, A Story Beyond is a new fable for our time.
Get Tickets!

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The Foundry addresses the problems of financial and spacial inequities affecting artists and other makers by providing access to specialized space and equipment for hands-on creation. Offering maker spaces, multi-purpose rooms, a dance studio, art studio, performance space, and demonstration kitchen, The Foundry brings STEM and the Arts under one roof for the Cambridge community with its spaces available for reservation and public programming.

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